Theme: Environmental Humanities (begins autumn 2018)

The theme Environmental Humanities engages creatively with sustainability issues and problematizes the ways in which the human has overstepped his mark and by so doing jeopardized the future of the entire planet. The theme explores the burgeoning scholarly field of Environmental humanities, which aims to develop and extend the field of the humanities by challenging traditional notions of human exceptionalism in resituating the human within the environment, as an agent among other agents.

PhD students will be given both analytical and practical tools to develop and expand their research projects in order to engage creatively and critically with environmental questions both within and outside academia.

The theme runs for two years, beginning in the autumn of 2018 and with one five-credit module being offered per term. The theme will be taught in English.


Introduction to the Environmental Humanities, 5 ECTS (Autumn, 2018)

The course introduces key concerns and methods in the field of the Environmental Humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective. It provides an overview of the state of the art in the field and presents a number of key concepts and positions within the Environmental Humanities, promoting a critical and solution-oriented approach.


Human footprints, 5 ECTS (Spring, 2019)

The course explores and problematizes the role the human plays in the long term changes we are witnessing on our planet today. It also highlights the ways in which the humanities increasingly make use of the concept of the Anthropocene to question and challenge nature-culture dichotomies as well as the presumed exceptionalism of the human.


More-than-human relations, 5 ECTS (Autumn, 2019)

The course engages critically with posthuman theories, asking questions such as: How to understand and engage the spaces and networks that take place between the human and the more-than-human? How do they affect our perception of environmental challenges on a global scale, our reading of history and ethics?


Imaging, curating, wording, worlding, 5 ECTS (Spring, 2020)

In what ways can research contribute to change through imagining and engaging with the environment and civic society? The course aims to facilitate ethical engagement through the use of different creative and innovative methods in order to develop creative skills and strategies to communicate one’s research.

Theme: World Literatures and the Culture of Texts (begins autumn 2018)

The theme World literature and the Culture of Texts aims at providing critical and exploratory responses to questions concerning textuality and cross-cultural comparisons.

It will provide participants with essential and updated theoretical knowledge concerning media-specific conceptions of textuality, the “textual condition” (McGann), philology in both its historical and present iterations, methods of archival research, the importance of culture-specific approaches to textual analysis, and the methodological challenges posed by cultural globalisation, translation and the circulation of texts.

The theme runs for two years, beginning in the autumn of 2018 and with one five-credit module being offered per term. The theme will be taught in English.

World Literatures and the Culture of Texts: Definitions, 5 ECTS (Fall 2018)

The course “Definitions” looks at what a text is or can be, particularly in the light of three distinct media technologies: orality, the printed word and digital media. A key concept in this module will be “entextualisation”, which indicates the ways in which verbal messages – also those that are orally transmitted – can be detached from their original context and become moveable and quotable, as well as subject to transformation.

World Literatures and the Culture of Texts: Methods, 5 ECTS (Spring 2019)

The course “Methods” deals with issues relating to philology – both as an historical phenomenon and as a current and transcultural method – in addition to archival research methods, textual criticism, and current methods of literary interpretation.

World Literatures and the Culture of Texts: Translation, 5 ECTS (Fall 2019)

The course ”Translation” deals with the literary dimensions of translation, multilingualism and reception. There will be special emphasis on cultural and sociological aspects of translation, and on how these affect the mutability of literary texts across times and places.

World Literatures and the Culture of Texts: Texts in Transit, 5 ECTS (Spring 2020)

The course “Texts in Transit” deals with culture- and language-specific aspects of textual enquiry, as well as “bibliomigrancy”, that is the ways in which books circulate globally, gather in libraries and acquire material presence as versions of “world literature” in discrete public spheres.

Theme: Materiality and the Human

In recent decades, the ‘Material Turn’ has had a broad and deep impact across the humanities and social and natural sciences. Today research on materiality is an international, interdisciplinary field characterised by a fertile exchange of ideas between subject areas.

Throughout this theme, students will explore and problematize the key concepts used in recent and ongoing materiality research in the humanities, probing the significance of material things across a range of social and cultural contexts.

Students will appraise and apply a variety of current material perspectives, with inspiration drawn from fields including posthumanism, Actor Network Theory, object-oriented philosophy, and material culture studies.

The theme is offered partly in English, partly in Swedish. More information on the individual course pages.

The Material Turn, 5.0 ECTS (Autumn 2017)

The course provides an updated overview of how critical interdisciplinary research on materiality is conducted today. This includes, alongside new materialism, posthumanism and material media research, the emerging field of research on the anthropocene. This course is open to PhD students who wish to orient themselves in the field and its current propagation, and also aims at helping the doctoral students to situate their own research.

The Agency of Images: Materiality and Visual Culture, 5.0 ECTS (Spring 2018)

In this course, the students explore the material and the visual as two integrated and creatively significant aspects of the lived human world. The materiality of images, as well as the visuality of material objects, are examined and problematized.

Field Study: Materiality in Society, 5.0 ECTS (Autumn 2018)

The course is an individual field study with the aim of giving deeper insight into the significance of materiality within a specific field in today’s society. The course aims to raise questions how people and the material world interact, as well as unintentional and hidden effects which materialities may have in different social and cultural contexts.

Workshop: Materiality and the Human, 5.0 ECTS (Spring 2019)

The aims of the course are for the student to identify and explore a context in which materiality is significant for their doctoral research, and to produce a publishable research article on this topic. The course takes the form of a workshop to which a pair of internationally recognised researchers will be invited as mentors and as a sounding board.

Theme: Language and Power

The theme deals with the relationship between linguistic means and power exercised in society, in politics, the media, the arts, etc. The research perspective is interdisciplinary and encompasses cultural theory, semiotics, linguistics, literature, translation studies, history and media science.

"Language" is understood in the broadest possible sense, including not only spoken and written languages, but also other semiotic and multimodal systems of meaning creation. Since the "linguistic turn", the role of language has played a prominent role in humanities. The theme allows the faculty's doctoral students to reflect on the language in their own research, with particular emphasis on the power perspective.

The theme will mainly be held in Swedish. However, students are free to participate in discussions, give presentations and hand in assignments either in English or in Swedish.

Theme: Corporeality in Theory and Practice

Understandings of the body are one of the most fundamental and revealing aspects of human culture, and how individuals understand their own bodies is centrally related to their identity. Corporeality is a genuinely interdisciplinary research area not only uniting the humanities, but also linking into the social sciences, natural sciences, and medicine.

The courses within this theme offer a variety of opportunities for research students to reflect over the links between their own bodily lives and bodies in theory. The theme also works actively to enable students to practise presenting and discussing their research in both national and international contexts, including through the organisation of two international conferences.

The Body in Ecstasy: Possession and Intoxication, 5 hp (Autumn 2017)

This course is offered as a part of the Doctoral School in the Humanities. The course takes place during the autumn semester 2017 and is part of the theme Corporeality in theory and practice.

Theme: The Dynamics of Multilingualism

The overarching aim of the theme is to address the need for a multidisciplinary approach to various global challenges related to increased mobility and multilingualism. The theme comprises four main components, that treat different types of language use and other semiotic practices emerging in encounters between people from different cultural and language backgrounds. Such practices include linguistic innovation, visual products (linguistic landscapes), multimodality, corporeality (dance, marches and demonstrations), music/song (e.g. hip hop), digital media etc.

Dislocations, 5 hp (Autumn 2017)

The course addresses issues relating to the displacement and separation resulting from increased mobility and its consequences both in terms of social and linguistic categories and different linguistically creative approaches to resistance and diversity. Within the course, students will explore different issues through empirical analysis of data related to various language phenomena.

Diasporas, 5 hp (Spring 2018)

The course deals with a subject developing from the topics discussed in the course “Dislocations”, and covers both traditional and new (e.g. academic) diasporas, the emergence of creoles and World Englishes. Within the course, students will explore different issues through empirical analysis of data related to various language phenomena.

Themes — General information

The Faculty’s continuous operations should include four specialisations, here referred to as themes. These themes should be broad enough to benefit doctoral students from a wide range of fields, and narrow enough to enable the participating doctoral students to engage in a substantial academic exchange with each other.